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The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD), 1987 McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program is the federal government’s primary response and source of funding for Kalamazoo County agencies working to end homelessness. The bipartisan Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009 reauthorized the program to increase its emphasis on using outcomes and research to drive programmatic decisions.

The Homeless Assistance Grants appropriations account funds two programs: the competitive Continuum of Care (CoC) program, and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) block grant program. The CoC program funds proven interventions like and cost-effective permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless people. The ESG block grant funds emergency shelter and cost-efficient interventions to prevent homelessness.

The HEARTH Act works to address homelessness among families, individuals with disabilities, and others by expanding the emphasis on proven, cost-effective solutions, including:

  • Rapid re-housing (short-term rental assistance, landlord mediation and other housing search services, and connections to employment and other key services) for homeless families and individuals;
  • Permanent supportive housing (long-term housing and supportive services) targeted to people with disabilities who experience chronic homelessness; and
  • Homelessness prevention.

The requirements of the CoC Program Competition application process are intended to help communities:

  • Develop an organizational structure (see CoC Structure page) that supports a year round planning process;
  • Monitor and adjust the performance of the CoC system;
  • Objectively decide which projects to recommend for renewal or new funding; and
  • Coordinate with other planning efforts. Therefore, by design, there is significant overlap between the application process and strategic planning efforts.

To learn more about the process, access the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Continuum of Care Program Competition on the HUD Homelessness Resource Exchange web-site at

See below for CoC Competition Information:

The ESG program also provides funding to:

  • Engage homeless individuals and families living on the street;
  • Improve emergency shelters and rapidly re-house homeless; and
  • Prevent Homelessness

In Kalamazoo County, agencies apply to the CoC for federal funding allocations provided to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).

For more information and to access the ESG Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), go to,4641,7-141-5515-241719--,00.html

See below for Emergency Solutions Grant information:

Access OTHER RESOURCES at the LINKS web-sites provided below:

Kalamazoo Emergency Service Guide (includes Housing)

MSHDA Homeless and Special Needs and

The National Low Income Housing Coalition

Corporation for Supportive Housing

National Alliance to End Homelessness

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV)